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Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • How To Butter And Line A Cake Pan

    I am making Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake and am not sure how I both line and butter the springform pan? Do I line just the bottom with parchment paper and butter the sides? Or do I line the whole pan and then butter? I have searched through the website but can't seem to find the steps for buttering and lining a springform pan. Thank you!

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  • Pancakes

    I have looked at Nigella's "Homemade Instant Pancakes" which calls for baking power and baking soda. In her "American Breakfast Pancakes" there is baking power, however there is no baking soda called for. Can you tell me why? Many thanks Craig

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  • Pavlova Problems

    I recently bought Nigellissima, and my first venture was the Cappuccino Pavlova. But when I added the expresso powder it made the egg whites turn back to liquid! Is this possible? After four failed attempts made the receipe without the expresso powder and it was fine. I then added a little expresso powder at the very end and again the mixture became softer. Any tips?  

    Hi Nigella, I've tried to make the Chocolate Paspberry Pavlova from Forever Summer, but its been a disaster! Instead of staying relatively compact on the baking sheet, it spread out to almost fill the baking sheet and burned around the edges. I mixed the whites in my Kitchen Aid mixer and added the sugar a spoonful at a time. The meringue looked stiff and shiny, but I was wondering if I overmixed it and thats why it spread while cooking? Or did I need to mix it for longer? Please help as I'd like to try it again. I actually was making it for a dinner party tonight, but I think now I'll just turn it into an Eton Mess! Looking forward to your help Regards Cheryl

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  • Cocoa Powder

    Where I can buy Nigella's "Dean and Deluca Bensdorp Cocoa Powder" in London? In which supermarket does Nigella buy it for the "Chocolate Cherry Trifle" in "Nigella Feasts Crowd Pleasures"? Thank you very, very much!

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  • Aniseeds

    Where can you buy the aniseeds for Nigella's Aniseed Shortbread? 

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  • Quick Calabrian Lasagne

    Can you freeze leftovers of the Quick Calabrian Lasagne? If so, how best to warm it up? Thank you.

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  • Sticky Pavlova.

    Hi Nigella, I'm from Malaysia. It is hot and humid here. I have tried to bake Pavlova. unfortunately, it is not hard on the outside. It is sticky. I have tried a few times but the results were still the same. The exterior is sticky. Not crunchy like how I saw it in your show. I have tried with a pinch of cream of tartar and baked at 120c for 1.5 hours, with at the starting of the baking temperature is at 150c. My oven is fan forced oven.

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  • Ingredients Queries - Cornstarch, EVO, Suet

    Is cornstarch the same as cornflour? Thanks!  

    Hi! What is EVO? I want to make the Persian Lamb Stew but not familiar with the term. Bellwilde.

    I live in Greece and both suet and white vegetable fat are unavailable. Although I have used olive oil in pastry it does not seem to have the same texture as a mix of butter and white fat. Can you suggest a substitute please?

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